But my friend and student William Kelly O'neill did us all a service. He spent the past many weeks painstakingly (emphasis on pain) recreating the Bujinkan Hombu dojo in miniature as a gift for Hatsumi Sensei.
|Hatsumi Sensei and Bill O'neill with mini Hombu|
|Hatsumi Sensei checks out mini Hombu|
I know Bill put his whole heart into this project in a genuine spirit of giving. And everyone who was there was touched. Hatsumi Sensei decided tp present Bill with a Bujinkan Gold Medal. Well, this is when Bill was overcome with emotion and gratitude.
Hatsumi Sensei told me he was going to put the miniature in the new Hombu dojo.
Bill keeps appologizing to me for missing classes back home while he was in a race to finish his artwork for this trip to Japan. I told him, don't worry, you have your own dojo to train in. But since he gave his dojo to Hatsumi Sensei, he'd better come back to class!
Thank you Bill for the inspiration. This was a wonderful gift for Soke and all of the Bujinkan.